One of my more interesting styles of dog "parenting", is allowing the dog to make its own decisions. Then rewarding the right ones.
Most owners pretty much try and micromanage their dog. Always on leash, even with a good recall. Not allowed to eat anything weird off the ground, you will stay here, etc.
There's also the you can do THIS but not THAT. Which really confuzzles them I find.
Now this is a tad different that training, even PR training, which involves rewarding correct answers and typically redirecting or managing the bad ones. I let the dog have free reign, and I ignore the bad bits entirely. In fact, I often make fun of him when he chooses "wrong".
also, I take into consideration what the dog considered best once we are through the learning curve.
Chili, while at work with me, must go out to a grassy area to pee. This involves walking past a restarant that has a messy set of patrons. Or crappy dinner mints.
There are always LOTS of these mints on the ground outside the door. Chili ignored them at first, and then as time went on he began to sample them. I would let him, and sure enough, he'd taste, spit it out, I'd make fun of him, and we'd move on.
Well, this was ok for a while, he learned that these things tasted bad, and ignored them again. Then he realized that there were different TYPES of mints, and once again the sampling resumed.
What I have learned. Green mints are good, yellow are meh, and all others are bad.
and who said chihuahuas have no purpose? Next time I eat there, I'll know to dive right into the green mints.
Chili on the other hand, has had very fresh breath.
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